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Record 12088

Reading Experience:

'I was repelled at home, rather than encouraged to read, and I never remember to have seen a book in my elders' hands. Literature was limited to the "Daily Telegraph". To read in secret I escaped to the washhouse, and I well remember during my early apprentice days at Spitalfields, my grandfather, catching a sight of me reading there a copy of Dicks's shilling edition of Shakespeare - the whole, a marvellous feat of cheap publishing -sternly reproachful, exclaimed: "Ah, Tom, that'll never bring you bread and cheese!"'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1852 and 31 Dec 1870
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London, Spitalfields
location in dwelling: at home, hiding in the wash house
other location: wash house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Okey
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1852
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: apprentice
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: [works]
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Dicks's shilling edition of the complete works
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12088  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Okey
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A basketful of memories: An autobiographical sketch
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1930
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Okey, A basketful of memories: An autobiographical sketch (London, 1930), p. 18,, accessed: 21 March 2023

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